Thiago didn't leave Barcelona for more money, insists club official

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Wanted man: Thiago Alcantara

A Barcelona official has claimed Thiago Alcantara’s departure in 2013 was not down to the player’s financial demands, paving the way of a possible return to the Nou Camp.

Thiago moved to Bayern Munich in July 2013, reuniting with former Barca coach Pep Guardiola after seeing his first-team chances limited.

He has been a regular for the Bavarians in his five years and there is strong speculation that he could return to the Catalan club with the Spanish giants looking to bolster their midfield following the departure of Andres Iniesta.

And Guillermo Amor, the club’s director of institutional relations, said: “He didn’t leave for money.

“It’s not the same as a boy of 16 years old who leaves for the money. He left because Barcelona sold him.”

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. Brendon Netto and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from the Camp Nou.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too.

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8:00pm – Club official hints of a possible return for  Thiago Alcantara

Guillermo Amor, the club’s director of institutional relations has revealed why the Bayern Munich midfielder left them in 2013. Read more here.

Wanted man: Thiago Alcantara

Wanted man: Thiago Alcantara

5:34pm – Thomas Lemar to Barcelona gets a 7 out of 10

Despite the competition, Barcelona have reportedly moved to the front of the queue for the Frenchman’s signature. And not many players turn down the Blaugrana.

Check out our Transfer Predictor.

2:53pm – Barcelona begin talks with Monaco for Thomas Lemar

Barcelona have joined the queue of clubs circling for Thomas Lemar as Monaco prepare to lose another star player.

Check out our Rumour Mill for the full story.

Thomas Lemar.

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11:20am – Barcelona’s 2018 pre-season schedule in full

Barcelona are set to begin their preparation for the 2018/19 season on July 16.

Check out their full fixture list here.

11:00am – Salah’s agent denies talks with Barca

The agent of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has categorically denied that the Egyptian’s services have been offered to Barcelona.

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Salah's agent has strongly denied offering the winger's services.

Salah’s agent has strongly denied offering the winger’s services.

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Barcelona's 2018 pre-season schedule in full as Catalans prepare to face Tottenham and Roma

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Barcelona are set to begin their preparation for the 2018/19 season on July 16.

That’s when players not competing at the World Cup this summer will report for duty at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

The La Liga champions will travel to the United States on July 24 where they will play three friendlies during their 12-day stay – all part of the International Champions Cup tournament.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will play their first friendly against Tottenham in Pasadena, LA on July 28. Three days later, they take on Roma at the AT & T stadium in Dallas before wrapping things up against AC Milan at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Meanwhile, Boca Juniors have accepted an invitation to be the guests at the LIII Trofeo Joan Gamper, Barcelona’s annual friendly match ahead of the La Liga campaign. Both clubs are however yet to finalise a date for the game which will take place in August.

The Catalans also have the Spanish Super Cup games against Sevilla to contend with on August 5 and 12 while the league season kicks off on August 18.

FIXTURES

28 July: Barcelona v Tottenham. Rose Bowl, Los Angeles.

31 July: Barcelona v. Roma. AT and T Stadium, Dallas, Texas.

4 August: Barcelona v AC Milan. Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara.

TBC: Barcelona v Boca Juniors. Camp Nou.

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